I was busted this morning when I fired up the email and read
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I guess I’ve about three pages of pitches that I’ve tried on one site or another, trolling (yes, I confess) for readers. It’s interesting the different tones of voice you have to use depending on if you’re going for a brazen “hey -read my book, or please ma’am won’t you read my book” – to other sites that have their own agendas and try to police the poor writer who is only trying find a reader or two (curse you Kindleboards. Doesn’t Amazon get a piece of whatever I sell and don’t you sell Kindles so I can be read. Where’s my cut of that?”.